As Sri Lanka seeks to rebuild after its turbulent, controversial recent history we welcome His Excellency Dr Chris Nonis, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK, to discuss the challenges and opportunities this unique country faces and to explore its strong historical connections with Scotland. Tickets include a reception at the Royal Society after Dr. Nonis' address. - See more here.
Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, delivered the final speech of our series with the title, “A Union Revived”. Ms Davidson used her lecture to argue that the referendum debate provided an opportunity for Scots, and also those living elsewhere in these islands, to look again at what Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom gain from their 300-year old partnership.
Ms Davidson opened her speech by reflecting that David Hume’s call for scepticism and empiricism struck a chord with Conservative beliefs, but that they contrasted with the ‘razzle dazzle’ of the nationalist cause. This, she suggested, was a contrast all the stronger with the United Kingdom often unwilling to wear its patriotism on its sleeve.
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